The Bihar Police on Tuesday arrested Rocky Yadav, the son of a Janata Dal United MLC Manorma Devi, who is accused in killing of a teenager in the Gaya town in a case of road rage recently.
“Rocky has confessed to the crime. He was arrested with his weapon. His SUV has also been seized,” police officer Garima Malik said.
Rocky Yadav, his face hooded in black, was paraded before the media. He told reporters he was not in Bihar on the day of the shooting: “I was not in hiding…I was in Delhi and came because my mother called me. I didn’t shoot anyone.”
Police sources say he was tracked down after his mother’s prolonged interrogation at her Gaya home. He was found in a factory near Bodh Gaya, 25 km from Gaya town, with his Rs. 10 lakh pistol.
“Maine goli nahi maari. Me Dilli me tha jab ye sab kuch hua. Mataji ka phone aaya to phir mein Gaya aaya. (I didn’t shoot anybody. I was in Delhi when the incident happened. I received a call from my mother and came to Gaya),” said Rocky Yadav, accused of firing shots at class 12 student Aditya Sachdeva in a fit of rage when the latter’s car overtook his SUV on May 7 night.
When asked about the reason behind his hiding from the police, Rocky said that he wasn’t hiding anywhere and will give his statement in the court. “Kahin chupne ki koi baat hi nahi he. Me apna jawab nyayalaya me dunga.”
However, the accused later contradicted his statement to the police by claiming in a press conference that he didn’t “fire or kill” anybody. Rocky said he had come down from Delhi at his mother’s insistence.
Rocky was reportedly incensed that Sachdeva and his four friends – Nasir, Kaifi, Ankit and Ayush Agarwal – had overtaken his Land Cruiser on the Bodh Gaya-Gaya stretch while returning from a birthday party.
Following this, Rocky chased down the vehicle and – despite their pleas for mercy – roughed up Nasir, who was driving it. It was when the five tried to escape that the lawmaker’s son allegedly shot at the car.